1/10 Miley Cyrus, 2015
Miley Cyrus spent the first part of her career as the country-lovin' Disney star, Hannah Montana. As she got older, and transitioned away from that persona, Cyrus decided to be honest with her fans about her sexuality. In an interview with Paper magazine, she explained that she told her mother at a young age she was interested in women. “I remember telling her I admire women in a different way. And she asked me what that meant. And I said, I love them. I love them like I love boys," Cyrus told Paper last week. "And it was so hard for her to understand. She didn't want me to be judged, and she didn't want me to go to hell. But she believes in me more than she believes in any God. I just asked for her to accept me. And she has."
2/10 Ellen Page, 2014
This Juno star decided to publicize her sexual orientation during a speech she gave at the Human Rights Campaign's Time to Thrive conference in Las Vegas.
Audiences rose to their feet to applaud her, as she proudly declared, "I am tired of hiding and I am tired of lying by omission. I suffered for years because I was scared to be out. My spirit suffered, my mental health suffered and my relationships suffered. And I'm standing here today, with all of you, on the other side of all that pain."
3/10 Jonathan Knight, 2011
The New Kids On The Block heartthrob was out-ed by fellow '80s teen pop start Tiffany. She told the press that she had dated Knight before, and "he became gay later." The frustrated Knight took to his website to respond. "I have never been outed by anyone but myself! I did so almost twenty years ago. I never know that I would have to do it all over again publicly just because I reunited with NKOTB! I have lived my life very openly and have never hidden the fact that I am gay!"
4/10 Ellen DeGeneres, 1997
Perhaps one of the most interesting coming out stories to make this list, DeGeneres came out both in real life and as a character on her hit TV sitcom, "Ellen." The character became the first openly gay leading character in prime time. Meanwhile, DeGeneres orchestrated her in-life coming out to correspond with the episode. She appeared on the cover of Time, next to the words, "Yep, I'm gay." Unfortunately, this took a dark turn for Ellen's career. Her show was cancelled the following year, and she didn't make a comeback for quite some time. Now, we all know her as the brilliant, hilarious, and generous host of Ellen!
5/10 Zachary Quinto, 2011
Though there were many rumors flying around about Quinto's dating preferences, this actor, most famous for his roles on "Heroes" and "Star Trek", came out in New York magazine. He said, "In light of Jamey's [Rodemeyer] death -- it became clear to me in an instant that living a gay life without publicly acknowledging it -- is simply not enough to make any significant contribution to the immense work that lies ahead on the road to complete equality. Our society needs to recognize the unstoppable momentum toward unequivocal civil equality for every gay lesbian bisexual and transgendered citizen of this country."
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